Seed can be pre-germinated by soaking in water for 12-hour cycles. With pre-germination, some seeds can germinate in up to half of the normal expected time.
A properly adjusted reel mower typically will give a higher quality of cut, but requires more labor to keep cutting well. Rotary mower quality is good if blades are sharp. Some rotary mowers are now built with roller kits to create a striped mow pattern.
Always start with a soil test to understand what needs you have. Then put a program in place to match your soil needs and deficiencies, and your scheduled usage. Typically, this equates to three general fertilizer applications per year at minimum.
The first step is to make sure the field is free of low spots or settled areas that will gather water (bird baths). Water must flow constantly and continuously from the high point of the field to the low point. Drainage can improve through frequent aerating to relive soil compaction. For isolated small areas, you may use absorbent pillows or sponge products to remove puddles.
Aeration is often a forgotten practice, but it’s the most important one to keep a heavily used field in good shape. At a minimum, fields should be core aerated three times a year; aeration using solid tines can be done at least monthly or more often depending on event load.
Know and understand your variety of turf type. It’s better for grass plants to allow for proper growth and recovery especially between heavy field usage. As a general rule, it’s better to mow at the tallest height that your quality of play can tolerate.